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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
Page: 1870

Mr HOWARD (Leader of the Opposition) —Madam Speaker, I seek leave to make another personal explanation in relation to a comment this morning, by the compere of the AM program, John Highfield.

Madam SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr HOWARD —After I had been interviewed on the ID card, Highfield's concluding remarks were: `Opposition Leader John Howard exercising the politician's prerogative to change his mind'. I have been misrepresented in that my attitude on this issue has not changed. My attitude has always been that one had to look at it according to cost-benefit analysis, and in 1979 the unanimous advice of departments was that it could not be supported on a cost-benefit basis. In September 1985, just after I became Leader, I applied the same criteria--

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the Opposition is once again debating the issue.

Mr HOWARD —With great respect, Madam Speaker, Highfield, the Treasurer and the Prime Minister have all argued wrongly and consistently that I have changed my view. I am giving evidence to show that I have not.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable Leader of the Opposition may use other forms of this House if he wishes to debate the issue. With the indulgence of the Chair he must show the House how he personally has been misrepresented. He has done so on the AM program misrepresenting his stance. He may not now go on to debate the issue.